Enquirer-Herald to cease publication Dec. 24

The Enquirer-Herald, a weekly newspaper that has served the York and Clover areas since 2007, will cease publication at the end of this month.

Debbie Abels, publisher of The Herald and its three community publications, including the Enquirer-Herald, made the announcement to the company’s staff Monday.

“Although the newspaper remains profitable, return on investment does not warrant the resources that go into publishing it weekly and maintaining its website daily,” Abels wrote in a letter to readers.

Abels said East Coast Newspapers will publish the Enquirer-Herald’s final edition Dec. 24.

Jennifer Becknell, editor of the newspaper, will rejoin The Herald staff, primarily as the education reporter, Abels announced.

The Herald’s two other community newspapers, the Lake Wylie Pilot and Fort Mill Times, will continue to be published in print and online.

The Enquirer-Herald serves the western York County area, including the communities of York, Clover, Sharon, Hickory Grove, McConnells and Smyrna.

The newspaper, published on Thursdays, was created in 2007 from the merger of two weekly newspapers, the Yorkville Enquirer and The Clover Herald. It is owned by McClatchy Co. The Yorkville Enquirer was established in 1855. The Clover Herald was established in 1929

Abels said readers who are not already subscribers to The Herald and can call 1-877-421-6397 to sign up for home delivery and have the balance of their Enquirer-Herald account transferred to The Herald. Subscribers to the Enquirer-Herald can expect to see refunds of their balances by mid-January, she said.